Three Nigerian students have emerged among the top three winners in the Global Final of Huawei ICT Competition, concluded on 26th of May at the company’s headquarters in Dongguan, China.
The Nigerian team competed with 49 other teams with a total of 147 students representing 30 countries racing for the global trophy.
Adebayo Abdulqudus, a 22-year-old Nigerian university student on the team, describing the dedication and hard work it took the team of Nigerian students to aim for the top trophy, said:
“For the past eight months, we left our families, we left relatives, we left our friends, we left out social lives, and we participated in the Huawei ICT competition to win. Though we got the 3rd the prize at the global finals, our participation, the experience and the opportunity to learn is the most important thing of all.”
In March, the Nigerian team emerged first place alongside Tanzania, Kenya and Angola in the regional competition. All four countries went on to represent Africa at global stage. The team ranked number one in Africa, leading with a dominant score of 790.4, followed by Tanzania with 745.6, then Kenya with 737 and Angola with 700.8.
The Huawei ICT Competition is a global ICT talent exchange event, which comprises of Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy universities and related colleges (Huawei ICT Academy).
Since the first Huawei ICT Contest held in 2015, the number of participants in the competition has grown exponentially and this has become one of the largest ICT events in the world.
The 2018/19 event attracted more than 1,000 universities in over 50 countries around the world under the slogan “Connection, Glory and Future”. The total number of students participating globally was 80,000 including 28, 000 students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Managing Director of Huawei Technologies (Abuja Office), Nigeria, Tank Li, said “Huawei understands the value of a good talent ecosystem which is the foundation for a smart future. In the past 30 years, Huawei has made a lot of effort to cultivate ICT talents by sharing accumulated knowledge systems and best practices.
“Faced with the challenges of the future ICT industry, this ICT competition is part of our innovative initiatives to support and promote ICT skills. We believe that this event will inspire more students’ interest in ICT learning in Africa. This platform provides students with a world class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa’s development.”
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